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Cruisers: Do You Game Onboard?

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Hotels & Casinos' started by VegasGroove, Jul 9, 2015.

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  1. VegasGroove

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    Mom and I are taking an RCCL in October. I am checking out the amenities and thought, "would I actually game onboard". Last cruise I took, I didn't.

    BUT, I noticed there are "perks" for Mlife members onboard RCCL. Nothing wrong with adding points to my card while I'm cruising, so I think I will partake!

    For the cruisers on VMB, what has been your gaming experience onboard? I am aware it is not Vegas, but are the machines current? Does it have that local feel? Riverboat feel (I hope not)?

    Thanks! :thumbsup:
     
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    For whatever reason, I've completely killed the blackjack tables on the cruises I've been on. First cruise I went on (forever ago) I paid for double the cruise bill in Blackjack winnings.

    If the dealer keeps drawing nothing but bust cards like on that trip, my advice is to play as much as possible.
     
  3. joesmom

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    Went in April on a smaller carnival ship - casino very small - smaller than riverboat casinos that I have been to. Older slots. I played a little a couple of evenings - won the first night and lost it back the 2nd and didn't play the 3rd. I spoke to a couple of players that cruise often and play and they said they only play the slots the first night as they seem to be looser then and told me never to play the last night. They have a few blackjack tables and they were always full. Drinks were not free although if you have a special card they were. You earned the card by playing.
     
  4. flyguyfl

    flyguyfl Low-Roller

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    I play the cruise ships. A fried of mine gets highly discounted cruise prices (think port charges and taxes only) who plays $25-$45 table games each trip
     
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    I've played twice on Carnival ships, NLHE only. Rake was extremely high, like $9 per pot. But the first couple of days were easy pickings on people who had money to burn. Ended up making about $750 each trip, which ended up paying for shore excursions and the outrageously expensive drinks. Plus the casino manager bought a couple of drinks for the poker "regulars" the last few nights of our cruise.
     
  6. Its Only Money

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    If you are a craps player, RCCL only offers 1xs odds.

    Enjoy your cruise!!
     
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    I play, but not nearly as much as when I'm in Vegas. There are a lot of other things for me to do on a ship. I did have my biggest slot win on a NCL cruise. Also, as a Canadian resident, I wasn't taxed.
     
  8. GottaLuvCruising

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    I've cruised 40 times (#41 is booked) but really don't use the casino on board. I don't play enough to get any benefit and the fact that I can't walk next door to another casino gives them the advantage.
     
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    When we go on a Cruise we'll hit up the Casino a few times just for fun.
    We're taking an Alaskan Cruise at the end of this month for the first time.
     
  10. TOWNSVILLE

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    Captive audience,surely you must get screwed playing their pokies.
     
  11. neuroboy

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    I haven't done too badly on cruises, but I will stay away from most slots, since those are considerably worse payback percentages than land casinos.

    I stick to the games that have similar odds, like blackjack, craps, and video poker on cruises. Texas Holdem poker is fun, because the players are generally very bad, but you end up losing a large percentage each pot for the rake.

    The machines are usually current, if you find a server/bartender you like and tip early in the cruise, I've found my drinks get better and "cheaper" as the cruise went on. I had four hand pays with video poker the last cruise, and he a several thousand dollar profit, plus enough points to get another free cruise in the future.
     
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